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Lok's Hapkido School representing Team Canada

Being selected to represent your home country at an international Martial arts tournament is already a big deal. This particular tournament is being hosted at the majestic Richmond Olympic Oval presented by The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) with the support of the International Olympic Committee.

The games will be held September 3-7, 2014, and as the first of its kind and will encompass a martial arts festival that combines interactive demonstrations followed by a competition event that will showcase the community of Sport for All martial arts athletes from around the world.

Lok’s Hapkido School will join over 100 athletes representing Canada at the games. Nicholas Lok, Kris Liu and Edward Won, will proudly wear the Canadian team uniform and fight for the gold (quite literally). The trio qualified for this event by placing 1st and 2nd  at the Tiger Balm tournament in previous years. Grand Master Lok, will be an official coach for Team Canada where he will be putting his NCCP Level 2 Coaching Certificate to great use.

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, these warriors will go through a rigorous training camp that includes a big change in lifestyle and attitude. This preparation includes daily sparring sessions, cardio, weights and mental training. - “Because of the short notice regarding this tournament, the students have to be ready twice as fast, right now we’re working all angles and making sure they are ready for this very important event”, said Grand Master Lok.

Canadian National Martial Arts Association (CNMAA), is a non-profit society formed in August 2005, to provide a formal structure for organizing and administering the Canadian National Martial Arts Team.  Their goal is to work with all recognized martial arts associations and disciplines, to provide more opportunity for Canadian martial arts athletes and to help develop standardized programs for coaches and trainers. CNMAA is the recognized TAFISA National Member for Canada. TAFISA International Martial Arts Federation members in good standing are able to demonstrate their sport with interactive participation from the audience.   Each participating Federation will be allowed 1 hour to demonstrate their sport with the audience participants.  This will be a great opportunity for Federations to showcase what they do and gain support from the audience attending the games.

For more information please visit: http://www.cnmaa.com/richmond-2014/

To buy tickets to watch this event please visit: http://richmondoval.ca/tickets/default.htm